Assignment Record – Rev. Henry M. Lutgen
Summary of Case: Henry M. Lutgen was ordained a priest of the St. Cloud MN diocese in 1947. Through most of the 1950s into the early 1960s, Lutgen was superintendent of the St. Cloud Children's Home and director of Catholic Charities. He also served on the diocese's Marriage Tribunal. In 1961 he went on to pastor a parish in St. Wendel MN for a year, moving the following year to Melrose MN, where was an assistant and then pastor of a parish, as well as chaplain of hospital and nursing facility. He is not indexed in the Official Catholic Directories after 1969. Lutgen is deceased. Public records show a Rev. Henry Michael Lutgen who was born in Minnesota in 1992 and died in in California in 1980. He left a wife, and a son born in 1969.
Lutgen's name was included on the St. Cloud diocese's list released in January 2014 of clergy who were "likely involved in the sexual abuse of minors."
St. Cloud bishop was Joseph Francis Busch (1915-1953).
Washington DC archbishop was
Busch was succeeded as St. Cloud bishop by Peter William Bartholome (1953-1968).
|1962||St. Cloud Children's Home||St. Cloud||MN||Superintendent||The Children's Home (or "orphanage" as it was called until 1952) had 100-80 children, 24-30 of them "exceptional" or "retarded." The 1959-1961 Directories show 69-73 children in foster care.|
|1952||1956||Tribunal Marriage Relations Council||St. Cloud||MN||member|
|1953||1962||Catholic Charities||St. Cloud||Assistant Director 1953-1957; Director 1957-1962|
|1961||1962||St. Columbkille's||St. Wendel||MN||1/1|
George Henry Speltz replacedBartholome (1968-1987).
3/3, 3/4, 2/2, 1/3, 1/2
In residence 1962-1965.
|St. Mary's had a school with 479-404 students.|
|Pine Villa||Melrose||MN||This assignment is per news reports.|
|Community Hospital||Melrose||MN||This assignment is per news reports.|
This was a mission of St. Mary's in Melrose.
Lutgen is not indexed beyond the 1969 Directory. He is deceased.
An internet search yields sources showing a Rev. Henry Michael Lutgen who was born July 13,
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1948-1969)
• Press Release from Donald J. Kettler, Bishop of Saint Cloud, Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud via WJON, January 3, 2014
in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's
place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest
listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor)
and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4
means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample
page from the Directory.
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